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Calgary candidate apologizes for interrupting Breaking Bad series finale

He is the one who knocks — just maybe not at the most appropriate time.

As 10.3 million Breaking Bad fans across North America were glued to their TV screens Sunday night, Gian-Carlo Carra was roaming the streets of Calgary’s Ward 9.

The incumbent city council candidate was doing his door-knocking rounds, talking to constituents ahead of the Oct. 21 municipal election, apparently unaware he might be interrupting the emotionally gripping series finale of what is widely hailed as the best show on television ever.

"I told him to go away,” series fan Jared Folkmann said Monday, after Carra showed up at his doorstep right in the middle of the final episode. "I think the literal translation was: 'Dude, you're interrupting Breaking Bad. Can't talk. Bye.'”

A contrite Carra — who admitted he’s only caught up to Season 3 of the award-winning series — apologized Monday, saying he lost track of time and his door-knocking “spilled over” into the long-awaited final broadcast.

“I’m sorry for what I did and I want the voters of Ward 9 to know that behaviour like that is unacceptable,” Carra told Metro, tongue planted lightly in cheek. “I hope they’ll see fit to forgive me and still support me on Oct. 21.”

Folkmann, who had a light-hearted exchange with Carra on Twitter about the interruption, accepted the apology.

"I'm glad he had a good sense of humour about it," Folkmann said.

Carra’s rivals in Ward 9 were also understanding of how a busy candidate for city council could make such a mistake.

"I've been working so hard on the campaign, I barely know what day it is, much less what season finales are going on right now,” Jordan Katz said. "So Gian-Carlo and I actually have something in common. There's a first."

Richard Wilkie was also empathetic.

“I hardly watch any TV — especially not these days,” he said. “I’ll door-knock while all TV shows are on, season finales or otherwise.”

Ultimately, Folkmann said the momentary distraction didn’t take away from the impact of the series finale.

"It was awesome,” he said of the episode. “It's tough to end a show like that, where there are so many expectations from fans, in a way that everybody's going to be happy. But he (director Vince Gilligan) tied up all the loose ends and left you hating nobody."

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